On Saturday, November 12, 2023, a US military helicopter crashed over the eastern Mediterranean Sea during a training mission, killing all five crew members on board. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but there are no indications of any hostile activity involved.
The helicopter was on a routine air-refueling mission when it went down. Search and rescue efforts began immediately, but all five crew members were pronounced dead at the scene.
Response from US Officials
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement that he is “deeply saddened” by the loss of the five service members. He also said that the crash is a “stark reminder” of the sacrifices that the men and women of the US military make every day to protect our country.
Impact of the Crash
The crash is a major loss for the US military and for the families of the five service members who were killed. It is also a reminder of the dangers of military training, even when it is conducted in a safe environment.
The US military is investigating the cause of the crash and will release more information as it becomes available. The identities of the five crew members are being withheld for 24 hours until their families have been notified.
- It is not yet clear which military service the helicopter belonged to.
- The Air Force has sent additional squadrons to the region.
- The USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier, which has an array of aircraft on board, has also been operating in the eastern Mediterranean.
The crash of the US military helicopter is a tragic event that has left five families mourning the loss of their loved ones. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but it is a reminder of the dangers of military training and the sacrifices that the men and women of the US military make every day to protect our country.
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